If Marshall Warren’s mom, Lisa, had her way, her son would be a figure skater, not a hockey defenseman. He would be performing double axels — his favorite move — in the Olympics, not scoring goals and stifling the opposition in his second season in the U.S. National Team Development Program.
This is precisely why it’s a good thing Warren was patient and didn’t run away from the rink after he first stepped on the ice at 3 years old.
“My sister (Arielle) was a figure skater, and when I went on the ice my mom made me start figure skating, too,” Warren, 17, remembered. “I wasn’t allowed to touch a hockey stick until I was a good enough skater. It took four years. I used to watch kids my age play hockey. I was so embarrassed, I ducked under the boards when they walked by. I happened to be on their team a few years after that. It was funny.”
Lisa successfully passed her passion on to her daughter, though. Arielle, who started figure skating at age 3, continues to perform today at Boston University, where she’s a sophomore.